Life quotes 201 to 250

201. ‘We have mythic notions of retirement. We think that retirement means leaving friends and family and buying a place down in Florida where it is warm and living happily ever after. But that’s probably not the best idea. We find people who continue to interact with co-workers after retirement and have friends close by are less lonely. Take time to enjoy yourself and share good times with family and friends. Non-lonely people enjoy themselves with other people.’ John Cacioppo

202. ‘Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.’ Albert Einstein, to his son

203. ‘The more cushioned your life is, the more you’re surrounded by lackeys and flatterers, the more horrifying any minor intrusion on that comfort will seem. The more perfect things get for you in general, the more intensely you’ll feel it when something isn’t.’ Josh Marshall

204. ‘A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does.’ The Peaceful Warrior

205. ‘Everything is awesome. Everything is cool when you’re part of a team. Everything is awesome when we’re living our dream.’ The Lego Movie

206. ‘For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many past worlds, in all periods of time.’ Louis L’Amour

207. ‘Don’t tell me you’re one of those people who becomes their disease. I know so many people like that. It’s disheartening. Like, cancer is in the growth business, right? The taking-people-over business. But surely you haven’t let it succeed prematurely?’ Augustus to Hazel (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

208. ‘There are 7 billion living people, and about 98 billion dead people…There are about 14 dead people for every living person.’ Augustus to Hazel (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

209. ‘Dad always told me that you can judge people by the way they treat waiters and assistants.’ Hazel to Augustus (The Fault in our Stars by John Green)

210. ‘Omnis cellula e cellula: All cells come from cells. Every cell is born of a previous cell, which was born of a previous cell. Life comes from life. Life begets life begets life begets life begets life.’ Peter van Houten (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

211. ‘I don’t care if the New York Times writes an obituary for me. I just want you to write one. You say you’re not special because the world doesn’t know about you, but that’s insult to me. I know about you.’ Hazel to Augustus (The Fault in our Stars by John Green)

212. ‘Yes, I believe in an afterlife. Yes, absolutely. Not like a heaven where you ride unicorns, play harps, and live in a mansion made of clouds. But yes. I believe in Something with a capital S…Always have…I don’t believe we return to haunt or comfort the living or anything, but I think something becomes of us.’ Augustus (The Fault in our Stars by John Green)

213. ‘All salvation is temporary. I bought them a minute. Maybe that’s the minute that buys them an hour, which is the hour that buys them a year. No one’s gonna buy them forever, Hazel Grace, but my life bought them a minute. And that’s not nothing.’ Augustus (The Fault in our Stars by John Green)

214. ‘The marks human leave are too often scars. You build a hideous minimall or start a coup or try to become a rock star and you think, “They’ll remember me now” but (a) they don’t remember you, and (b) all you leave behind are more scars. Your coup becomes a dictatorship. Your minimall becomes a lesion.’ Augustus to Hazel (The Fault in our Stars by John Green)

215. ‘It occurred to me that voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again.’ Hazel (The Fault in our Stars by John Green)

216. ‘With training, it’s just yourself. But bringing up little people is different, you have two personalities who will not always do what you want them to do. But they’re gorgeous boys. I just hope I’m doing right by them.’ Julia Sng

217. ‘…but I believe humans have souls, and I believe in the conservation of souls. The oblivion fear is something else, fear that I won’t be able to give anything in exchange for my life. If you don’t live a life in service of a greater good, you’ve gotta at least die a death in service of a greater good, you know? And I fear that I won’t get either a life or a death that means anything.’ Augustus (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

218. ‘The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.’ Steven Furtick

219. ‘Good judgment, as the aphorism goes, comes from experience – and experience comes from bad judgment.’ Megan McArdle

220. ‘I must say though, of all the times that I worked up enough courage to introduce myself, most of them turned out fine. I made many great friends along the way. Bottom line is, if you want to talk to someone, just do it. Spending time debating about the pros and cons means you will likely end up not doing it at all.’ Random Blogger

221. “Cancer has given me a life and given meaning to what I do with my life. I’d really hope and like to think that I would have that same appreciation of life even if I didn’t have cancer, but this has just made it all the more important.” Kris Hallenga

222. ‘Far above the world, Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do.’ David Bowie (Space Oddity)

223. ‘We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize that we only have one.’ Tom Hiddleston

224. ‘I would love to believe that when I die I will live again. That some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking. The world is so exquisite with so much love and moral depth that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there’s little good evidence. Far better it seems to me, in our vulnerability is to look death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.’ Carl Sagan

225. ‘Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.’ Mohandas Gandhi

226. ‘You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.’ Dr Seuss

227.’There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.’ Audrey Hepburn

228. ‘Nobody questions things anymore. Nobody questions things. Everybody’s too fat and happy. Everybody’s got a cell phone that will make pancakes and rub their balls now. Way too fucking prosperous for our own good. Way too fucking prosperous. We’ve been bought off and silenced by toys and gizmos.’ George Carlin

229. ‘Music gives a soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.’ Plato

230. ‘Today a young man on acid (drug) realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration. That we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death. Life is only a dream. And we are the imagination of ourselves.’ Bill Hicks

231. ‘‘If your daily life seems poor, DO NOT BLAME IT. BLAME YOURSELF. Tell yourself that you are not POET ENOUGH TO CALL FORTH ITS RICHES.’ Rainer Maria Rilke

232. ‘The world is a thing of utter inordinate complexity and richness and strangeness that is absolutely awesome. The idea that such complexity can arise not only out of such simplicity, but probably absolutely out of nothing is the most fabulous extraordinary idea. And once you get some kind of inkling of how that may have happened, it’s just wonderful. And the opportunity to spend 70 or 80 years of your life in such a Universe is time well spent as far as I’m concerned.’ Douglas Adams

233. ‘Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness. And many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the Earth all one’s lifetime.’ Mark Twain

234. ‘WE ARE GOING TO DIE. And that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of the Sahara. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats. Scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively outnumber the set of actual people. In the teeth of those stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness that are here.’ Richard Dawkins

235. ‘All cruelty springs from weakness.’ Seneca

236. ‘You make your own dream. That’s the Beatles’ story, isn’t it? That’s Yoko’s story. That’s what I’m saying now. Produce your own dream. It’s quite possible to do anything but not to put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don’t expect Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself. That’s what the great masters and mistresses have been saying ever since began. They can point the way, leave signposts and little instructions in various books that are now called holy and worshipped for the cover of the book and not for what it says. But the instructions are all there for all to see, have always been and always will be. There’s nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.’ John Lennon

237. ‘If life is so purposeless, is it worth living? The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. Children, of course, begin life with an untarnished sense of wonder, a capacity to experience total joy at something as simple as the greenness of a leaf; but as they grow older, the awareness of death and decay begins to impinge on their consciousness and subtly erode their joie de vivre, their idealism — and their assumption of immortality. As a child matures, he sees death and pain everywhere about him, and begins to lose faith in the ultimate goodness of man. But, if he’s reasonably strong — and lucky — he can emerge from this twilight of the soul into a rebirth of life’s elan. Both because of and in spite of his awareness of the meaninglessness of life, he can forge a fresh sense of purpose and affirmation. He may not recapture the same pure sense of wonder he was born with, but he can shape something far more enduring and sustaining. The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.’ Stanley Kubrick

238. ‘I am assured that there are many business men—not merely those in high positions or with fine prospects, but modest subordinates with no hope of ever being much better off—who do enjoy their business functions, who do not shirk them, who do not arrive at the office as late as possible and depart as early as possible, who, in a word, put the whole of their force into their day’s work and are genuinely fatigued at the end thereof.’ Arnold Bennett

239. ‘Now I must point out that the case of the minority, who throw themselves with passion and gusto into their daily business task, is infinitely less deplorable than the case of the majority, who go half-heartedly and feebly through their official day. The former are less in need of advice “how to live.” At any rate during their official day of, say, eight hours they are really alive; their engines are giving the full indicated “h.p.”’ Arnold Bennett

240. ‘The supply of time is truly a daily miracle, an affair genuinely astonishing when one examines it. You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life! It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions. No one can take it from you. It is unstealable. And no one receives either more or less than you receive.’ Arnold Bennett

241. ‘The chief beauty about the constant supply of time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoilt, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your career. Which fact is very gratifying and reassuring. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.’ Arnold Bennett

242. ‘If my typical man wishes to live fully and completely he must, in his mind, arrange a day within a day. During his free time, he has nothing whatever to do but cultivate his body and his soul and his fellow men. He is not a wage-earner; he is not preoccupied with monetary cares; he is just as good as a man with a private income. This must be his attitude. And his attitude is all important. His success in life depends on it.’ Arnold Bennett

243. ‘But I do suggest that you might, for a commencement, employ an hour and a half every other evening in some important and consecutive cultivation of the mind. You will still be left with three evenings for friends, bridge, tennis, domestic scenes, odd reading, pipes, gardening, pottering, and prize competitions. They must be sacred, quite as sacred as a dramatic rehearsal or a tennis match.’ Arnold Bennett

244. ‘The chances are that you have not discovered happiness. The chances are that you have already come to believe that happiness is unattainable. But men have attained it. And they have attained it by realising that happiness does not spring from the procuring of physical or mental pleasure, but from the development of reason and the adjustment of conduct to principles.’ Arnold Bennett

245. ‘All I urge is that a life in which conduct does not fairly well accord with principles is a silly life; and that conduct can only be made to accord with principles by means of daily examination, reflection, and resolution.’ Arnold Bennett

246. ‘And, having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labour is immense.’ Arnold Bennett

247. ‘Above all, the conduct of the captain and some crew members is unfathomable from the viewpoint of common sense. It was like an act of murder that cannot and should not be tolerated. The crew has told passengers to stay put but they themselves became the first to escape, deserting their passengers. This is utterly unimaginable, legally and ethically.’ Park Geun-hye

248. ‘In the movies there’s this idea that you should just go for your dream. But I don’t believe that. Things happen in stages. The key thing is to force yourself through the work, force the skills to come; that’s the hardest phase.’ Ira Glass

249. ‘Children need to do more than learn new skills. The theory of capabilities suggests they need to be challenged. They need to solve hard problems. They need to develop values.’ Clayton Christensen

250. ‘Encourage children to stretch – to aim for lofty goals. If they don’t succeed, make sure you’re there to help them learn the right lesson: that when you aim to achieve great things, it is inevitable that sometimes you’re not going to make it.’ Clayton Christensen


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